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Old 12-25-2015, 04:57 PM   #11
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The Zamp panels and controller are more expensive and have alternatives. Cannot speak to the Zamp quality however they have features which are very handy; panel carry bags and fold out legs for the panels...

If you are a little bit handy you may find some significant savings by combining the two items below:

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Renogy 200W Mono Starter Kit, 2 Piece 100W Solar Panels Plus 20' Adapter Kit
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Old 12-26-2015, 06:18 PM   #12
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20 amp power limit. 200-250 watts approx.
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Old 02-19-2016, 03:47 PM   #13
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@Loboclone: I am buying an Eagle HS 26.5 BHS (5th wheel) that has solar ready stickers all over. A small port on the drivers side up front. I emailed "service" at Jayco dot com and am waiting for a reply on the gauges used. I have 250 watt panels. I hoped to put two up on the roof and add two RV batteries (100amp hour).
From your post it sounds like I'm going to have to run my own wires.
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You probably will have to increase gauge of wire. Unless something has changed the port on drivers side is to be used for a100 amp panel. Wait for Jayco to confirm on the roof port. The intent is for battery maintaining only.
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This is helpful. We would like to increase our solar power - we too like shady sites, but our understanding is that the panels can use any light, not just direct sunlight. (Nevertheless, I move my panels around two-three times/day.) We thought there was some way to plug the Zamp in, but apparently just a charge controller and what we have now will work. Is that right?
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@Loboclone: I am buying an Eagle HS 26.5 BHS (5th wheel) that has solar ready stickers all over. A small port on the drivers side up front. I emailed "service" at Jayco dot com and am waiting for a reply on the gauges used. I have 250 watt panels. I hoped to put two up on the roof and add two RV batteries (100amp hour).
From your post it sounds like I'm going to have to run my own wires.
-David
Depending on the charge controller you use you should be able to wire your panels in series and not exceed the 20amp limit of the wiring. If you use 2 panels you would likely have ~60 volts and only around 8 amps.
Even using two of your current 250 watt panels because they operate around 30 volts and 8 amps you could still use them in parallel and only be around 16amps.
The existing wiring should be sufficient. I am assuming you have an MPPT controller already as well as is needed for high voltage panels.

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@Loboclone: I am buying an Eagle HS 26.5 BHS (5th wheel) that has solar ready stickers all over. A small port on the drivers side up front. I emailed "service" at Jayco dot com and am waiting for a reply on the gauges used. I have 250 watt panels. I hoped to put two up on the roof and add two RV batteries (100amp hour).
From your post it sounds like I'm going to have to run my own wires.
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I would check with Jayco before using the roof wiring. I am pretty sure there is a recall. They did not wire it through a breaker and could cause a fire if it were to short. I think the one by the tongue is okay but I would verify with Jayco, while you are at it.
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I would check with Jayco before using the roof wiring. I am pretty sure there is a recall. They did not wire it through a breaker and could cause a fire if it were to short. I think the one by the tongue is okay but I would verify with Jayco, while you are at it.
I agree. A lot of mis conceptions concerning Jayco solar wire gauge. When I was in sales at Camping World the "Solar Ready" meant a carry out for 100 watts of Zamp panel. What has happened since I am not ready to comment for accuracy. I just had a Zamp 480 watt US made panels installed with a 40 watt controller. Wow what system! Smart Glass is the new technology, charges a lot faster than anything I have had before. We used wire gauge for an upgrade later for 640 watts and put temperature sensors on the AGM batteries. Going to wait for Zamp to come out with a 60 watt controller before adding another panel.
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I agree. A lot of mis conceptions concerning Jayco solar wire gauge. When I was in sales at Camping World the "Solar Ready" meant a carry out for 100 watts of Zamp panel. What has happened since I am not ready to comment for accuracy. I just had a Zamp 480 watt US made panels installed with a 40 Amp controller. Wow what system! Smart Glass is the new technology, charges a lot faster than anything I have had before. We used wire gauge for an upgrade later for 640 watts and put temperature sensors on the AGM batteries. Going to wait for Zamp to come out with a 60 Amp controller before adding another panel.
I think this is what you meant.....
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